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Despite Good Intentions
For more than thirty-five years, Thomas W. Dichter has worked in the field of international development, managing and evaluating projects for nongovernmental organizations, directing a Peace Corps country program, and serving as a consultant for such agencies as USAID, UNDP, and the World Bank. On the basis of this extensive and varied experience, he has become an outspoke ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 16th 2003 by University of Massachusetts Press
(first published January 2003)
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Jul 02, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in development, US foreign policy, international relations
From this book I learned something I had begun to see for myself: development assistance and aide to the third world doesn't work. Dichter provides ample proof of this, using eighteen case studies and a wealth of personal experience, and suggests a number of explanations, one of which is the fact that aide organizations spend a major percentage of their budget on over-paid consultants instead of actually doing something useful with the money they have. Although it sounds utterly depressing, this ...more